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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 26, 2010 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Fela Kuti

The Tosh thread got me thinking and I remembered this .
Fela Kuti owned Africa , musically , in his time . On a Bob Marley level . His fusion of so many styles seamlessly with Western African music revealed his genius , but also how deeply American musical styles owe to W.African influences . I could post many of his vids . His music is infectious .
He had a Miles Davis persona on stage . You knew who the head lion was . Music to move your body to . Just a taste ,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4AA6EuZe-k

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Oct 27, 2010 1:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

Back in my younger days, I used to DJ at a club and I mainly played Fela/Tony Allen tunes. 'Zombie' would get everyone dancing.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 27, 2010 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

All about Zombie , move them bones

http://www.myoldkentuckyblog.com/?p=9427 , all 12:17 of the song

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=37467 , comments from the Knitting Factory releases

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Oct 26, 2010 8:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

I gave Fela Kuti a shot in college when I was very much into Bob Marley amd I had a housemate who listened to his stuff, but I couldn't get into it...I've always found the music tediuous and his keyboard playing at times sounds like somebody sitting around plinking away in their living room...they at times suffer from the too many people on stage syndrome...the best part of the video was the great horn players...FK horns were the best musical part of his act, always with the same bass line the whole number ;D

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Oct 28, 2010 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

I have no idea who this dude is. At the height of the reggae craze was of course Mr. Marley, Peter Tosh, the Mighty Diamonds, Jimmy Cliff and one heavy duty real RASTA
named I believe was Roz Michaels.The weed smoke was so thick
for this sized club the fire marshall came, but he let the show go on. This had to be up in Marin but to this day I have no idea where it took place.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 26, 2010 9:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

Some of those same insanely great horn players from Fela's old band Egypt 88 (including Fela's brother), now play with Fela's son, Seun Kuti. Without a doubt, THE hottest, tightest horn section playing today. Whether you miss seeing Fela, or if you've never seen him and only heard of those legendary shows, Seun Kuti in concert is a must see.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Oct 26, 2010 7:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

fela fela fela - his son is also an excellent musician performing in the same style...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 26, 2010 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

You will hate me, but one of the greatest musical moments of my life was Fela day in Berkeley. Got to stand in front of the man while he sang at BCT and could see the scars from the whips on his back.

Nice nod to a legend. His sons are carrying on the legacy.

And anyone remember the tall Rasta that was always at GD Kaiser shows in the mid-80s? He always had on a Fela shirt.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 26, 2010 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

Unbelievable . This is the fifth or sixth band .

Fela is someone to discover or say hello to now and again .

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 26, 2010 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Fela Kuti

Fela = Unparalleled greatness. And his story is one for all time. A true musical revolutionary.

I've seen his son, Femi, a few times. Always a good show. He's a great singer, but not the musician that his dad was.

I also saw the musical, Fela!, on Broadway this summer. Hot show. Sahr Ngaujah was amazing in the lead role.